January 2, 2022

January 2, 2022 – Epiphany of our Lord

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive)
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord Jesus, King of kings, infant born of the Virgin Mary.
Your star led the Magi to the manger.
They paid homage to you in your mother’s arms.
In this Christmas season we see how God manifests his
goodness and love to all people in his Son Jesus Christ.
Together with the Magi, we offer him as gifts, the gold
of our faithfulness, the incense of our prayers, and the
myrrh of our sacrifice.
Come, let us worship the infant Jesus.
To him be glory forever. Amen.

Prayer of Approach (together)
Today the Magi came to Bethlehem, with them, Lord, we come to
render homage to you. Today the star leads them to the manger.
With them, Lord, we wish to be led by your holy light. With them,
Lord we wish to adore your holy will for us. With them, Lord, we
wish to offer you our own lives as a gift. Hear our prayer Lord Jesus.
Glory and praise to you, infant born to the Virgin Mary. Amen.

Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer.
Hymn: The First Nowell

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
First Reading: Isaiah 60: 1 – 6
Second Reading:Ephesians 3: 1 – 12
Holy Gospel: St. Matthew 2: 1 – 12
Anthem
Sermon “Pay Him Homage”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Hymn: As With Gladness Men of Old
Prayers of the People
Commissioning and Benediction (responsive)
Let us go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
Postlude

A warm welcome to everyone who is joining us for worship. We
recognize that we gather in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded
territory of the Mi’kmaq People and we seek to be good neighbours to the
First Nations. May this be a time for you to draw closer to God. The
service is posted each week on our website (www.stjamesuc.com).

The prayers and Christian sympathy of the congregation are extended
to the family and friends of Gordon Morrison following his death. Please
keep Christine, Joanna, Lily, and all of Gord’s family in your thoughts
and prayers during this difficult time. A memorial service will take place
at a later date.

Rev. Peter Smith will be away from December 26th until January 6. If
there is a pastoral emergency during this time please contact the Rev.
Doug Stewart at 902-735-2102. This Sunday we are pleased to
welcome the Rev. Doug Stewart to lead our service of worship.

POVERTY – Part 1 of 2 Your Social Justice Committee asks you as
part of your planning for 2022 to consider the following. As the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives writes, “poverty is felt deeply in
Nova Scotia, creating social conditions that manifest themselves in many
harmful ways: low wages, precarious work, racial and gender
discrimination, a weak social safety net, inadequate public services, and
a lack of affordable and available child and family services. Many
individuals and families struggle to afford a roof over their heads and
enough food to put on the table, with little left for childcare, clothing or
transportation. Even having a full-time job can be insufficient to pull
a person out of poverty. In Halifax an individual would have to work 70
hours a week on minimum wage to afford a two-bedroom apartment.”

Next Sunday’s Scripture
Isaiah 43:1-7 • Acts 8:14-17 • Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

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